Trump is invited to Moscow, Putin says

U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton

U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton

In a tweet posted hours before the announcement, Trump said he was looking forward to a "second meeting" with Putin, without elaborating on the details. "In the United States, in Russian Federation, or anywhere else", he said in a statement. Mattis said there had been no decision.

"We are ready to invite President Trump to Moscow", Putin said, according to the state news agency RIA-Novosti. Trump has defended his conduct. While 8 percent of Democrats approve of Trump's meeting with Putin, 68 percent of Republicans said they approved of Trump's handling of the summit.

Trump was fiercely criticised by Republicans and Democrats for appearing to contradict United States intelligence agencies by accepting Putin's strong denial of meddling in the 2016 U.S. election during their meeting.

However, if America's allies perceive the United States to have different interests than them, or working at cross-purposes, then they may be less likely and willing to share key intelligence with the United States. I am ready to go to Washington but I repeat: "if the right conditions will be established", Putin added. "He has, by the way, such an invitation, I told him about it", Putin said.

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Putin also said that his earlier meeting with Trump at Helsinki, Finland, was "useful".

CNN's Kaitlan Collins was barred from attending a Rose Garden event, which was open to the press, after she shouted a question at the US President during an Oval Office media availability.

Roberts' statement, through Twitter, laid out facts as he saw them - the intelligence community has proven Russian interference and remains a threat - without mentioning Trump.

The summit in Helsinki, however, seems to have raised the Kremlin's hopes that Trump will stand by his repeated pledges to improve relations with Moscow, despite a series of tit-for-tat expulsions of diplomats and a raft of new sanctions imposed on Russian Federation since Trump took office.

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Trump denies there was any collusion. However, efforts to achieve detente have been fiercely resisted by US lawmakers, including some in Trump's own Republican Party, who accuse him of being too friendly toward Putin. As of Wednesday, the transcript did not include Mason's first question to Putin. Not even his security advisers know what he discusses during these meetings.

News reporters, including the credentialed press who are tasked with covering the president and daily happenings at the White House, are expected to query the commander-in-chief, and to be assertive about it. The question is central to the federal investigation - Trump calls it a "witch hunt" - into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Trump is infuriated by any suggestion he might owe his election victory to Russian Federation.

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